Edith Czysczon Cyson

Published 10:06 am Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Memorial services for Edith Czysczon Cyson, 98, of Albert Lea will be at 2 p.m. May 11 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Kent Otterman will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Edith died Monday, May 2, 2016, at St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea.0504.obit.cyson

Edith C. Czysczon was born Nov. 11, 1917, in Claremont, the daughter of Franklin and Lucy (Chubbic) Dennis. Edith was the 12th of 14 children and was an aunt by the time she began grade school. In 1936, she graduated high school in Blooming Prairie. A nursing school in northern Minnesota gave her opportunity to learn skills that would help her for the rest of her life.  Edith was always nurturing and caring. That was one of her many qualities everyone remembers. After a short service stint at a mental institution in northern Minnesota from 1936 to 1937, she knew this would not be where she would leave her mark in life. Edith moved to Albert Lea in 1941. She worked first at Wilson & Co. and then later for Munsingwear as a seamstress. One good outcome from this factory experience was the long-time friendships that continued for decades. Within a year of Munsingwear closing its doors, Edith returned to the same factory floor as an employee of the Albert Lea Furniture Manufacturing Company. She worked as a cutter and sewer for furniture for Spiegel Catalog and Donaldson’s Department Store. Her co-workers respected her, and no-doubt with her nimble fingers, she encouraged others how to sew quickly and efficiently. It was during this time that Edith would meet her future husband, John J. Czysczon. They were married in May 1970.

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For over 15 years, Edith lived in Senior Towers. She savored her many friendships and reflected on her blessed life. In November 2013, Edith moved into Good Samaritan’s Hidden Creek Assisted Living quarters. Always thankful, she was once again at a place that welcomed her and made sure she was comfortable and safe. She became the oldest resident living there.  With arthritis and a failing body, Edith left our world and joined her parents, siblings and beloved husband. Her family said, “Our world is a less brighter place without her.” She will be dearly missed, but know that she no longer struggles.

Edith is survived by her children James Cyson, Ruth ‘Tudi’ (Daryl) Pitman and Timothy Cyson; former daughter-in-law, Karen Marie (Bystrom) Cyson; grandchildren Angela Pitman, Alina Lynn Pitman, Justin (Deanna) Pitman, John Cyzon, Elisabeth Cyson, and Daniel James (Jodi Carlson) Cyson; great-grandchildren: Gabriel Pitman, Ava and Ahnna Carlson; many nieces, nephews, cousins, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and many friends.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; 13 siblings; daughter, Karinca Cyzon; and son, Greg Cyson.